Trump backs election fraud lawyer for Michigan AG
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Lawyer who made false statements about vote-counting machines in Michigan’s 2020 election has obtained approval from former President Donald Trump for state attorney general .
Matthew DePerno got Trump’s backing on Wednesday night. This could prove decisive when Republicans meet at conventions next year to endorse and later nominate a candidate to face Democrat Dana Nessel, who is running for reelection.
DePerno, a native of Kalamazoo, was the attorney for a County Antrim resident who sued unsuccessfully after a clerk’s error led the county to initially falsely show a local Joe Biden victory over Trump . This was quickly corrected. A post-election audit of the manual count of each Antrim ballot revealed that Dominion Voting Systems’ machines were counting the votes accurately.
“He has defended the Constitution for 20 years and has been on the front lines for a fair and accurate election, as he fights tirelessly to reveal the truth about the November 3 presidential election scam,” Trump said, who lost to Joe Biden in Michigan by about 154,000 votes, or 2.8 percentage points.
The election was not stolen from Trump. No widespread corruption was observed.
In July, Nessel opened an investigation at the behest of a Republican-led legislative committee that claimed people were making baseless allegations of the results in County Antrim to raise money or advertise for their own purposes. The lawmakers’ report, which found no systemic fraud in Michigan, did not specify who should be investigated. But the people mentioned there include DePerno, who criticized GOP lawmakers for not ordering a statewide review of all ballots, machines and software.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, said the integrity and accuracy of the elections had been confirmed by more than 250 audits. These included a review of procedures in at least 200 in-person polling stations; a review of the records and procedures associated with the counting of postal ballots in four major cities, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Sterling Heights and Livonia; and a comparison of 18,000 randomly selected ballots with the state total, showing “strong evidence” that the result was correct.
Republican State Representative Ryan Berman, an Oakland County Commerce Township lawyer, is also running for attorney general. Another potential candidate is former House Speaker Tom Leonard, who lost to Nessel in 2018 by 2.8 percentage points but fared better than other leading Republicans.
DePerno’s campaign called Trump’s endorsement “absolute honor” and called it the Liberals’ “worst nightmare”.
Nessel tweeted that Trump’s move was unsurprising and made DePerno the clear leader to challenge it.
“Our state is in great danger of being taken over by the fringe of lunatics if voters decide not to participate in 2022,” she said, asking for donations for the campaign.
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